Press Release: 16 Days of Activism

Yemen Women Union in partnership with UN Women Yemen marks the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Yemen Women Union (YWU) organized an Open Day to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign under the slogan "Inspiring Women for a Better Life and a Happier Family"  #HearMeToo, in cooperation with UN Women Yemen.

Speaking at the event, Ms. Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid, Chairwoman of the YWU, noted that in Yemen, the 16 Days Campaign was unfolding in a situation where war is profoundly affecting women’s development efforts and degrading women's rights.

“Yemeni women are most affected by the ongoing war and suffering in the country. For this reason, all of us must cooperate to organize advocacy and awareness programmes centered around women’s issues. This approach will enable us to move away from stereotypes and empower women economically, politically and socially,” she said.

“This is a rallying moment, with calls to listen to and believe survivors. Together, we must end the culture of silencing,” said Ms. Obaid.

The YWU took part in the 16 Days campaign by implementing several programmes and activities to end violence against women. Ms. Obaid praised the efforts of UN Women in advocating for gender equality and the empowerment of women in Yemen.

“The YWU plays a major role in advancing the rights of women in Yemen. Violence against women is a global issue impeding equality, development and peace. The promotion and protection of women’s fundamental human rights must be incorporated into humanitarian response programmes,” said Bushra Eshaq, Programme Specialist at UN Women.

The YWU Open Day was supported by UN Women as part of its overarching goal to support women and girls in Yemen and was organized in cooperation with international and local partners, to promote enhanced gender equality and the economic, political and social empowerment of women. Success stories were presented of beneficiaries from YWU activities, together with an overview of UN Women’s programming in Yemen, and dance and musical performances highlighting the important role of women in society. The Open Day brought together women’s movements, survivor advocates and women human rights defenders, united in the goal of ending violence against women and bringing a message of peace to Yemen.